Junior Lucia Kovarcikova captured the match clincher for the Utes.
March 5, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - The 74th-ranked University of Utah women's tennis team (6-2) upset No. 60 Wyoming (5-5) Tuesday at the George S. Eccles Tennis Center. After Utah captured the doubles point, junior Lucia Kovarcikova netted the match clinching point at the No. 5 singles position.
"This was a good win against a very competitive Wyoming team," said head coach Mat Iandolo. "I feel like it was the most complete match we have played up to this point in the season, but we could also play much better."
Then, at the No. 2 slot, junior Elena Najera-Salas and sophomore Natasha Smith suffered an 8-5 loss to Sasa Nemcova and Alexandra Kovacs, setting up juniors Callie Craig and Sarah Pham to clinch the doubles point for Utah at the No. 3 position.
Craig and Pham then routed Jessica Parizher and Silviya Zhelyazkova, 8-3, capturing the doubles point for the Utes.
Going into singles play with a 1-0 advantage, Miles quickly put Utah up 2-0 by besting Christa Gecheva, 6-2, 6-1, at the No. 6 position. No. 79 Bekerova then downed Popovici, 6-4, 6-1, at the No. 1 spot, making the score 3-0 in favor of the Utes.
Wyoming then saw its first and only point when Smith fell to Nemcova, 6-4, 6-4, at the No. 4 position. Then, at the fifth slot, Kovarcikova decided the match for Utah at 4-1 with a 7-6(5), 6-3 victory over Parizher.
Utah returns to action Friday in its first conference match of the season against Arizona at the Eccles Tennis Center at 1:30 p.m. Fans will have the chance to win free prize giveaways as well as enjoy some free pizza, so get to the match early to support your Utes!
No. 74 Utah 6, No. 60 Wyoming 1 Doubles: 1. No. 17 Paige Miles/Tereza Bekerova def. Veronica Popovici/ Simona Synkova 8-4 2. Sasa Nemcova/Alexandra Kovacs def. Elena Najera-Salas/Natasha Smith 8-5 3. Callie Craig/Sarah Pham def. Jessica Parizher/Silviya Zhelyazkova 8-3 Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
Singles: 1. #79 Bekerova def. Popovici 6-4, 6-1 2. Pham def. Synkova 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 3. Craig def. Kovacs 7-5, 6-3 4. Nemcova def. Smith 6-4, 6-4 5. Kovarcikova def. Parizher 7-6(5), 6-3 6. Miles def. Gecheva 6-2, 6-1 Order of Finish: 6,1,4,5,3,2